Karen-Anne Stewart has always loved to read and get swept away in a good story. When she began Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, she quickly found herself addicted to writing. Karen-Anne lives in the mountains with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. When she is not creating stories, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, visiting new places, and hiking.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! I love to write, I can’t imagine going a day without writing now that I know the liberation and joy it brings. Music is a HUGE inspiration to get my head where it needs to be when I write certain types of scenes.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t know if I would say that I have a process. The way I wrote The Rain Trilogy was by being all over the place. I had the end of After the Rain (the final novel) written when I was still writing the first novel in the trilogy, Saving Rain. I go by moods, and I use my emotions to write different scenes. It is very difficult for me to sit down and write from the beginning to the end, I honestly don’t think I can do that, it would take the feelings out of it. I almost always listen to music when I write. I also usually write in my pj’s.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I dream about my characters! I have become so bonded with Kas and Raina it hurts that I have finished the trilogy. I keep proofing the final book, and I think it’s so I can hold on to them a bit longer.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! You will lose sleep, feel a myriad of emotions, but keep going. Believe in yourself and trust your instincts.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Saving Rain is the only novel that is currently published. Healing Rain will be available in August, and After the Rain should be available by October. I am very new at this, and I decided to self-publish through Authorhouse.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Again, I am very new at this, so I don’t want to speak on something too much that I’m just learning. I feel that bookstores will be around for awhile still, they should be in my opinion. My mother swears by a physical book in her hand where I have an obsession with my Kindle. With that said, I do think e-books will be increasingly popular in the future.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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